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The publisher created a new category with the publication of this novel, that of ‘gangster saga’, and it’s not far off the mark. A gangland 60’s saga set in Gosport with a strong heroine and some memorable characters. It’s got heart, violence, sex and an underground current which is very atmospheric. Evocative and gritty, it’s the beginning of a series that continues in the follow up, Broken Bodies. See the links below to read the books in order. 1 Trust Nobody 2 Broken Bodies 3 Damaged Goods 4 Fatal Cut 5 Jail Bait 6 Fighting Dirty Similar this month: None.Comparison: Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller, Lynda La Plante.
A very violent criminal gang which attracts some extraordinarily nasty characters has an old score to settle â€¦ Smoke. But it hadnâ€™t banked on the reformed criminalâ€™s girlfriend â€¦ on one of its members growing tired of slaughter â€¦ on general mayhem â€¦ a plucky flatmate or on a series of mishaps that grace this fast-paced, addictive novel. Itâ€™s Tarantino/Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels territory and it is fantastic.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Jake Arnott; Christopher Brookmyre; James Hawes.
The fourth in a series which I highly recommend. They are all Italian based, this one being Venice, and they all feature detectives Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni. They are atmospheric, exciting, intriguing and well worth getting hooked on.Similar this month: None but try Barbara Nadel.Comparison: Donna Leon, Dan Brown, Magdalen Nabb.
February 2007 Book of the MonthA fast-paced sexy psychological thriller that will keep you glued the whole way through. M. J. Rose has endorsements from some of the best in crime writing and deservedly so. The plot is interesting, centred around a killer selecting victims from girls who perform webcam pornography. The main character, a sexual psycologist who just happens to be involved with the handsome and sophisticated detective in charge of the case, is convincingly written and has a great deal of depth to her. If you like Karin Slaughter or Patricia Cornwell then you will not be disappointed with M. J. Rose and if you're new to her then she also has three other books for you to enjoy!
A serial killer tale refreshingly without all the blood and gore which frequently dominates this area. This is both special and different; a gripping tale of the disintegration of a mind, the revelations of a murder and the clever prevention of more killings by a sexually perverted being. A complicated and compelling book of conspiracies, psychological puzzles and buried memories. Excellent stuff. Similar this month: Stuart MacBride. Comparison: Michael Connelly, Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen.
A slightly improbable historical novel of a novice monk accused of stealing a holy relic â€“ a saintâ€™s hand. He finds refuge with pirates and a great adventure ensues. Equally enjoyable to readers of fantasy, it is light and fun and, I believe, the beginning of a series.Similar this month: None.Comparison: C C Humphreys, Martin Stephen, Ellis Peters.
This is a jaw-dropping absolute classic of a tale, stuffed full of brutal gangster goings-on, with a subtle heartbreaking undertone. Harry Starks sits centre stage, king of his empire, quick to anger, yet does a heart exist under the layers of violence? Five stories in one, each has a unique voice, from Harry’s kept lover Terry, through to failed starlet Ruby, creating a spiralling vortex of emotions, revealing the different sides to Harry. The language is as it would have been, searingly offensive, puffed up gangster, cutting, chilling, real. Real people turn up, including the Krays, and Judy Garland, ensuring an authentic edge. Each story feels as though it is a photo, snapped in the middle of action and each jabbed at my conciousness, made me feel, made me think. ‘The Long Firm’ hobnobs with lords, film stars, and boxers, as it slices its way through organised crime, creating an absolutely fascinating and captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson Click here to read a Q&A with Jake Arnott. Sarah Broadhurst's view... 60’s low life – gangsters, sex, drugs, glamour, violence, wonderful characters and terrific pace. Told by four people who each have a different slant on the gay gangland boss, Harry Starks, and topped and tailed by the man himself, this is highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
A queue at the Edinburgh Festival witness a supposed act of “road rage” so begins a wonderfully convoluted plot with twists and turns, humour and surprises which, very satisfactorily, goes round and round. It is the second outing for Jackson Brodie (Case Histories being the first) and it is irresistible, really very good indeed. Intelligent, addictive, beautifully written and thrilling.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Charlotte Mendleson, Donna Tartt, Susanna Jones.
Experienced author of supernatural thrillers turned tack with Dead Simple and began a crime series starring an intriguing character, DS Roy Grace, based in Brighton. It was terrific. Now we have the second, equally terrific. We get to know Roy better as he is faced with a particularly nasty case. Following several strands in short, cliff-hanger sections, the plotting is excellent as tension mounts alarmingly. I was completely gripped, albeit somewhat disturbed by the very unpleasant nature of the crimes. This is excellent stuff, highly recommended. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series:1. Dead Simple2. Looking Good Dead3. Not Dead Enough4. Dead Man's Footsteps5. Dead Tomorrow6. Dead Like You
When a charred and unrecognisable body is found, Sergeant Trevor Joseph has a difficult case on his hands as the victim turns out to be the body of a young lawyer who died two years ago.
We loved The Broken shore and Peter Temple has come up with another cracking crime novel. Another brilliant plot with bags of violence, death and dirty secrets. He's been up for a few literary prizes this year and is well worth discovering.
The latest fast-paced, gripping crime novel from Nora Roberts writing under her J.D. Robb pseudonym. Yet again, the author has her finger on the pulse and delivers maximum tension with some terrific characters. Youâ€™ll be rewarded handsomely when you finish the book with a real feel-good feeling. Brilliant.
From the suave to the sleazy, the saint to the sinner; from the sensitive to the sanguine, the sexy to the squalid, we just can’t resist a good sleuth. Here you’ll find immersive crime stories to feed your fascination for conspiracy, your love for psychological sorcery, to make your hairs stand up on the back of your neck, to make your blood run cold and adrenaline fill your nervous system. Whether you’re after a classic like; Poirot (Agatha Christie), Rebus (Rankin) or Morse (Colin Dexter); or a more contemporary crime confrontation from the likes of, Michael Connelly, Gillian Flynn or J.A Lance, there’s something here to float the most demanding of boats. Have a look at our Books of the Month from this and previous months for a head start to a great next read.